PLC for the smart grid: state-of-the-art and challenges

Tonello, Andrea and Song, Jian and Weiss, Stephan and Wang, Fang; (2012) PLC for the smart grid: state-of-the-art and challenges. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Communications, Mobility and Computing. IEEE, CHN. (

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This paper aims to review systems and applications for power line communications (PLC) in the context of the smart grid. We discuss the main applications and summarise state-of-the-art PLC systems and standards. We report efforts and challenges in channel and noise modelling, as well as in state-of-the-art transmission technology approaches.